LSU baseball report

LSU won two of three games at seventh-ranked Arkansas last weekend and remained in a tie for first place in the overall SEC standings.

LSU Baseball Report – May 4, 2009

Overall Record:  36-13   SEC Record:  16-8     

 

Last Week:  3-1

April 29 – TULANE (W, 13-2)

May 2 (Game 1) – at #7 Arkansas (L, 4-11) 

May 2 (Game 2) – at #7 Arkansas (W, 5-0)

May 3 – at #7 Arkansas (W, 4-3)

 

Nominee for Pitcher of the Week

Louis Coleman, RHP, Sr., Schlater, Miss.

Louis Coleman turned in a dominant outing against Arkansas last Saturday, recording a complete-game shutout as the Tigers posted a 5-0 victory … Coleman’s shutout was the first by an LSU pitcher since Greg Smith blanked Vanderbilt, 3-0, on May 1, 2005 … only three Arkansas batters reached base against Coleman, who allowed two hits in nine innings with one walk and six strikeouts … after surrendering a single to start the second inning, Coleman retired 19 straight Razorback hitters before Arkansas recorded its second hit with one out in the eighth inning … Coleman improved his record to 9-2 on the year – he leads the SEC in wins – with a 2.71 ERA in 76.1 innings … he has recorded 92 strikeouts and 17 walks, and opponents are hitting just .211 against him.

 

Nominee for Player of the Week 

Blake Dean, OF/DH, Jr., Crestview, Fla.

Blake Dean continues to swing a hot bat for the Tigers, as he led LSU to three wins in four games last week … Dean hit .500 (7-for-14) for the week with two doubles, three homers, seven RBI and five runs … he combined with leftfielder Ryan Schimpf to accomplish a rare feat in the Tigers’ 13-2 win over Tulane last Wednesday … Dean and Schimpf launched back-to-back home runs twice in the same inning, highlighting a 10-run LSU uprising … Dean, who was hitting only .225 on March 21, has raised his average to .333 (58-for-174) with 11 doubles, 11 homers, 48 RBI and 41 runs.

 

Notes on the Tigers

LSU won two of three games at seventh-ranked Arkansas last weekend and remained in a tie for first place in the overall SEC standings.

 

LSU is 16-8 in league games, tied with Florida and Ole Miss for first place in the league race … the Tigers have won 11 of their last 12 SEC series, and LSU has won six straight league series on the road, dating back to last season.

 

Senior right-hander Louis Coleman turned in a dominant outing against Arkansas last Saturday, recording a complete-game shutout as the Tigers posted a 5-0 victory … Coleman’s shutout was the first by an LSU pitcher since Greg Smith blanked Vanderbilt, 3-0, on May 1, 2005 … only three Arkansas batters reached base against Coleman, who allowed two hits in nine innings with one walk and six strikeouts … after surrendering a single to start the second inning, Coleman retired 19 straight Razorback hitters before Arkansas recorded its second hit with one out in the eighth inning … Coleman improved his record to 9-2 on the year – he leads the SEC in wins – with a 2.71 ERA in 76.1 innings … he has recorded 92 strikeouts and 17 walks, and opponents are hitting just .211 against him.

 

Junior outfielder/DH Blake Dean continues to swing a hot bat for the Tigers, as he led LSU to three wins in four games last week … Dean hit .500 (7-for-14) for the week with two doubles, three homers, seven RBI and five runs … he combined with leftfielder Ryan Schimpf to accomplish a rare feat in the Tigers’ 13-2 win over Tulane last Wednesday … Dean and Schimpf launched back-to-back home runs twice in the same inning, highlighting a 10-run LSU uprising … Dean, who was hitting only .225 on March 21, has raised his average to .333 (58-for-174) with 11 doubles, 11 homers, 48 RBI and 41 runs.

 

LSU sophomore right-hander Austin Ross earned his first win in over a month Sunday at Arkansas, as he scattered 10 hits in six innings and limited the Hogs to three runs with two walks and three strikeouts.

 

Ross left the game in the seventh with a 4-3 lead; LSU relievers Chad Jones and Matty Ott blanked Arkansas the rest of the way to preserve the win … Jones, a sophomore left-hander who also plays safety for the LSU football team, halted a potential Arkansas rally by pitching a scoreless seventh inning … Ott, a freshman right-hander, worked the final two innings to earn his SEC-leading 11th save of the season … Ott allowed one hit in two scoreless innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

 

Sophomore right-hander Anthony Ranaudo recorded seven strikeouts on Saturday at Arkansas, increasing his season total to an SEC-best 105 Ks … Ranaudo is the first LSU pitcher to reach the 100-strikeout mark since Bo Pettit registered 121 Ks in 2002.

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